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Find vortices in velocity fields

version (189 KB) by Sebastian Endrikat
The code will return the location and size of vortices found in velocity fields of two components.


Updated 21 Jan 2016

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A vortex around the z axis can be detected in the x and y component of the velocity field.
Based on the paper
Combining PIV, POD and vortex identification algorithms for the study of unsteady turbulent swirling flows
Laurent Graftieaux, Marc Michard and Nathalie Grosjean
Ecole Centrale de Lyon
Returns the location (x,y), area and circulation of every vortex found.

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Sebastian Endrikat (2021). Find vortices in velocity fields (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (12)

William Thielicke

What a pity that it requires the Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox, and that this is not mentioned here.

Samuel Nerenberg

Fernando Zigunov

This is just beautiful. I ended up improving your code to dramatically reduce processing time, as I had thousands of vortex images to track in time. If anyone is interested:

Kevin Bryant

Fernando Zigunov

This is just beautiful.

mohammad karami

Hi Sabastian,
Do you have any tutorial to work with this program? I appreciate you if you can prepare a tutorial on youtube or anywhere.


xiaofan wang

Samrat Sur

Junayed Chowdhury


thank you

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Created with R2015a
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